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Recovery advocate to headline opioid addiction event

Ryan Hampton will speak at the community's second annual event on fighting opioid addiction. Ryan Hampton will speak at the community's second annual event on fighting opioid addiction.

Ryan Hampton, advocate, author and champion for the recovery movement across America, will keynote the community's second annual examination of the opioid addiction problem at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Blue Ridge Community Conference Hall at BRCC, HopeRx announced in partnership with Henderson County Board of Commissioners, Advent Health and Pardee UNC Health.

 

Last year, over 750 people turned out to hear Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: the True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic. Quinones rallied the audience to take a united approach in addressing the epi-demic and work together to stem the tide of loss and to embrace recovery as a viable solution to the epidemic our country faces.

This year's event features another high-profile figure in the fight against prescription drug addiction. Over four years into recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Hampton rocketed to the center of America’s rising recovery advocacy movement. A former White House staffer, he has worked with multiple non-profits and political campaigns. He is now a prom-inent, leading face and voice of addiction recovery and is changing the national dialog about addiction. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Hampton is breaking down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a new generation of people recovering out loud through his Voices Project. He’s also advocating for solutions and holding public policy makers accountable. Hampton is also the author of American Fix: Inside The Opioid Addiction Crisis and How To End It.

HopeRx invites the public to become a part of the movement to work together to stem substance misuse in our community. HopeRX is Henderson County’s coalition to address substance misuse. Initiated by the Partnership for Health in 2013 as a community collaborative, HopeRx seeks to educate, evaluate, and implement evidence-based models on substance abuse and underage drinking in Henderson County.

Tickets are available for $5 and can be found at Eventbrite. Limited sponsorships are available. For more information email hoperxhc@gmail.com.